Thank you. Just thank you.
684 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Perhaps it’s all a big conspiracy of the MSM or whatever. Probably fake news. SAD! Or perhaps his children are (shudder) SJWs. Or maybe snowflakes are virtue signalling* with their own dark Zionist agenda in league with the Deep State (and possibly aliens or lizard people**).
* Yes, I jest. Besides, I prefer virtual signalling to twat signalling.
** An alien anal probing might explain Dad?
And, as I believe I’ve written here before, every time I start to think my current Mac might be my last*, Microsoft goes and does something monumentally stupid.
* And let’s face it, Apple doesn’t always shower themselves in glory when it comes to finding major bugs before release.
“It's not fast though is it?
Try running Virtualbox with Debian 8 inside it on a Win10 machine, runs like a dog even on a spangly i7 machine, Debian 8 runs 10x faster on an old i3 under Linux and is fast under OS/X + Parallels on an old i5.
The difference in speed between Virtualbox under Linux or Unix and under Win10 is epic.”
It is certainly slower under Virtualbox/Windows compared to Virtualbox/Mac. Not unusably slow though (and not exactly epic). I’m currently giving Hyper-V a try, but that presents its own challenges.
“Going in to the Referendum it was made very, VERY clear that it was a one-time vote with a binding result.”
You’re confusing it with the Scottish Independence referendum*. The Brexit referendum was advisory. I’m quite enjoying all this unfinished business.
* Where the promise that the best way to stay in Europe is to stay in Britain might well have carried the final result.
Once Android apps run well on Chrome OS (they seem to be getting there), and the tablet mode of Chrome OS starts to look like a tablet (that too is getting there), then others will run with this. Google, OTOH are trying to compete with Surface when they can’t even compete with the iPad. The base iPad is more capable than the entry level slate (as is the Surface Go) and thst’s before you take the ecosystem into consideration.
In the meantime, Google needs to take the person who who answered “How do we compete with Apple,” with “Something with a Celeron in it” out back.....
It disappoints. Looks like Google have sacrificed the processor, in the base model, in favour of other high end components (e.g. the screen). Both the base iPad and Surface Go offer a better balance of performance and function. Then there's the photos of the slate with its keyboard. No kickstand? I expect to see more useful devices from Google's partners. Android on tablet is dead, so Google needs to make this work if they want to stay in the tablet market.
Reminds me and colleague at Bangkok Airport, a long time ago. They'd just introduced biometrics and wanted to take his photo. Now, this man is the original Mr. "Ye can take our lives but ye can't take our FREEDOM!!!!". So, he gave the the camera the finger, and Thai immigration put him up for the night. Not at the Bangkok Hilton, but still quite unpleasant.
Slick but also a reminder why I avoid Ubuntu. Problems with the latest/greatest? Well... Wouldn't ssh or https to anything while connected to the office via Openconnect. Odd really, because I was able to ssh from the corporate Dell to my shiny new Ubuntu VM. A colleague with deep knowledge of ssh helped me with the former. I'm still looking at the latter. I never have these problems with Mint and CENTOS. I've also spun up a Mint VM under Hyper-V, but that takes a little more effort (had to tell it what screen resolution to use, and copy/paste won't work between it and Windows, unlike a VirtualBox resident).
Also, Hyper-V isn't necessarily better than VirtualBox. Whereas Virtualbox sees your monitor as its monitor, connection to a Hyper-V is via Remote Desktop/X (the only way is headless, it seems). Overall performance is better, but graphic performance is a little sluggish. Good to muck around with these things.
I think far from dead. The ability to run up a bash shell and do all manner of bashy things* is often far more convenient than running up a full VM. Even my ageing Surface 3 runs WSL perfectly well. Now Hyper-V has me curious. More efficient in practice than running up a VM under VirtualBox?
* Replacement for Putty and WinSCP, run Bash scripts with all the familiar Linux tools, API testing using Curl and so on.
When I'm out and about with my camera, in Europe, I like to be able to frequently upload photos from my camera to my phone, and then onto Lightroom in the cloud. If I have the big Sony camera with me, that means I'm shunting a lot of data around. Of course, local SIM cards are readily available and I'm perfectly happy to go back to doing things that way.
So, I think the reintroduction of roaming charges (or simply making my data allowance unusable, as I've found Three are quite good at) would disproportionately affect those who don't have the gumption to find cheaper alternatives. In other words, mostly the very people who voted for this.
“What am I missing? There's a well-hidden part of industry that actually uses Azure?”
Azure is huge. Probably bigger than Microsoft as AWS is bigger than Amazon. AWS tends to grab more headlines and, as I’ve commented here before, is perhaps more approachable for the curious nerd (though this curious nerd is approaching both), but Azure has plenty of very big clients and likely to be first cloud of call for developers embedded in the Windows ecosystem.
Search is just the tip of the Iceberg, for Google. Not being fully in China means other companies (including Microsoft and Apple) get the business for cloud/productivity suites, cloud computing, app/entertainment store and so on. I'm guessing not many Chinese use a Chromebook, when China should be a huge market for these.
Also, it means Google AI efforts aren't getting training (through vast quantities of data, required for machine learning) from half the world's population. This is the long game, where I think Apple and Microsoft potentially loses the overall war.
I'm sure Google's shareholders find Google's principles fine in, erm, principle, but China has clearly looked down on Google and said "bitch" because, quite frankly, they can.
I wouldn’t be brave enough to try upgrading a 32GB machine (and, quite frankly, a pox on the houses of those who would make and sell them). However, a USB stick or SD card should do the trick. I’ve found the Windows Update Troubleshooter a reliable, but sadly necessary, friend from time to time.
I'm struggling to find a link, but her premise of a cogent article I recently read is that Microsoft is on a quest to own work. They own the social network of work, the office tools most people use at work and home, the development tools used by a great many programmers and now they own the place where a lot of the source code goes, and everything can be done in Microsoft's cloud. Any consumer/lifestyle play, by Microsoft, is going to spring out of this setup. Like them or loathe them, Microsoft as has a lot to leverage when it comes to creating and selling (hypothetical) shiny new things.
Guilty as charged, though the phone in question is encrypted and protected with a six digit passcode. I’m no security expert, but I did wonder about that.... If someone gets my password and phone, they could simply put the SIM card into a different phone and activate my account on there. Google partly mitigates this by sending a warning to all devices, but I don’t yet have enough exposure to the Microsoft way of doing things (just use the Microsoft Authenticator app on the corporate Samsung).
Incidentally, in the finance scams described in the article, there was a human factor that goes well beyond the basic software security. I expect our SVP and his finance counterpart would both scoff at the idea of transferring any significant amount of money without first flapping gums.
Paint me unimpressed. Also.... This obsession with the Surface form factor... It's crap for using on public transport (unless you're in love with the on screen keyboard). Then there's the app store. I think Windows 10S is a fine idea in principle, but what percentage of buyers can survive entirely on the contents of Microsoft's app store?
Edit: Oh, and the usual promise of an LTE version, for later, that will doubtless be as rare as rocking horse shit.
And using an Agile methodology probably wouldn't have helped. Some of the ideas and technologies often associated with Agile (but not really Agile per se - frequent build and automated testing, and frequent communication, to give two examples) might have helped. An incremental platform to platform migration, with a solid, tested back out plan would most definitely have helped.
They're quite mixed. I'd probably avoid the first iteration (but when was that not true?) and perhaps wait for more of the software (especially Office, it seems) to be natively compiled to the new processor. It's a compelling idea, but the devil is in the implementation.
I had to spend a little time in Out Patients, at a hospital last year. A few days later, I received a copy of a letter from the consultant, addressed to my GP. Being in the same business as your average El Reg reader, and therefore being a picky bastard, I did of course check with said GP who was delighted with the letter I handed to her!
To say the NHS is in a bit of a mess would be the understatement of the century. As far as I can tell, it’s mostly down to whichever government.
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